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April 16: Prof Amuda-Kannike, silk, don, arbitrator hits 58



Professor Abiodun Amuda-Kannike, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Professor of Law and Dean, Faculty of Law, Kwara State University, (KWASU), Malete, is 58 today.

An astute legal luminary of repute, he was born on 16 April, 1964 at Ilorin in Kwara State. His educational career started at the Trinity Nursery and Primary School in Ilorin in 1973 before he proceeded to undertake his secondary education at Okene Secondary School, Okene, Kogi State and upon completion, he proceeded to the Kwara State Polytechnic, Institute of Basic and Applied Sciences for his A/Level. The success gathered from this endeavors earned him a place at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he bagged an LLB Degree in 1990 and later proceeded to the Nigerian Law School to qualify as a Barrister after his Call to the Nigerian Bar 1991.

Not satisfied with an LLB and BL, Prof. Amuda-Kannike enrolled for his LLM Degree with the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and concluded his programme in Year 2000. To add more feathers to his cap, his courageous feats endeared him to climax his academic achievements with a PhD. in Commercial Law from Southland University, California, in United States of America, after which he proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka for a second PhD in Law, with specialization in International Law and concluded same in March 2017.

As an astute Administrator, Prof. Amuda-Kannike’s working life is mainly centered on Legal Practice, Teachings and Researches. In legal practice, he began with the firm of E.C. Ukala, (SAN), & Co in Port Harcourt, Rivers State of Nigeria. His contributions in this Chambers was enormous as it propelled him to the challenges of the profession. He later founded the Amuda-Kannike & Co, now, Amuda-Kannike (SAN) & Co, Amuda-Kannike Chambers, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Prof. Amuda-Kannike is also a renowned legal icon having appeared and succeeded in very critically tasking cases that shaped the legal landscape in Nigeria. His experiences and practice in Law know neither boundary nor limits and attest to this, he was made a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in year 2014.

A well-grounded academic, Prof. Amuda-Kannike has taught Law in the extension programme of the following Institutions, the Polytechnic, Calabar, University of Calabar, University of Jos and the University of Port Harcourt. He is formerly an eminent scholar of repute in Poma International Business University, where he was the Dean, Faculty of Law (Republic of Benin Campus and Dubai, UAE Campus). He was appointed Professor of Law by Poma International Business University in June, 2016 and in addition was also appointed to the Rank of Professor of Law, by the Pacific Western University, Denver, State of Colorado, USA in 2017. He was a Lecturer at Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State, from 2006 till September 2016. He is still lecturing and supervising final year Law students at the National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN Port Harcourt study Centre. His teachings and researches have been of immense benefits to these Institutions and students, most especially, his research candidates

He has over 50 Articles/Publications, and holds the Fellowships of some notable international Professional and Associations including:
i. Member, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) (1991)
ii. Member, Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) (2014)
iii. Member, Law Teachers Association of Nigeria (2013)
iv. Fellow, England Institute of World Chartered Economists (2017)
v. Fellow, Cambridge Institute of World Chartered Accountants (2017)
vi. Fellow, Oxford Institute of Africa Chartered Accountants (2017)
vii. Fellow, London Institute of Africa Chartered Economists (2017)
viii. Lecturer, Faculty of Law – (2006-till 2016) Niger-Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa State.
viii. Dean, Faculty of Law, Poma International Business University, Republic of Benin.
vix. Professor of Law and Research. Others are Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), FWCA, FACA, FACE, FWCE, and many others.


  1. Amuda-Kannike on Divorce Text Book and Practice Guide
  2. Amuda-Kannike on Human Text Book and Practice Guide
    Right Laws; a Practice Guide
  3. Democracy, Election and Rule A Lecture delivered at SSUCOEN of Law in Nigeria Oro, Kwara State 2010 Annual Lecture.
  4. The Role of Labour and Academic Paper Presented at SSUCOEN Government in the Sustenance of Oro, Kwara State 2013 Annual Lecture.
    Democracy In Nigeria.
  5. The Issue of Company Winding Published by N.B.A, Up Proceedings in Nigeria. Port Harcourt in its Law Journal,
    Port Harcourt, Bar Journal. 2007
  6. The Inadequacies of the 1999 Published in Natural Resources and
    Constitution on Environmental Environmental Law Journal 2014. Protection in Nigeria.
  7. Watering Down the Jurisdiction Published in Petroleum, Of the Federal High Court in Oil Natural Resources and Environmental Law Related Matters. Journal 2009
  8. A Critical Examination of the Published in The Jurist Power of the Corporate Affairs A Journal of Contemporary Legal Commission to Investigate Issues Published by the Law Students
    Companies Affairs. Association of University of Abuja, 2012
  9. Expert Evidence Under the Published in AL-Hikmah University
    Nigerian Law Journal, 2015
  10. An Examination of Elements Published in the Gravitas Review of of Cross-Border Leasing Business Property Law, 2015
  11. Criminal Justice System and the Published in Ife Juris Review, 2015 War Against Corruption in Nigeria
  12. Issues in Assets Declaration, Published in Ife Juris Review, 2016 Verification and Corruption in
  13. Fair Hearing Issues in De Novo Published in Law, Oil and
    Trials Contemporary Issues in Nigeria, Essays in Honour of Late Honourable
    Justice Emmanuel Joel Igoniwari 2008.
  14. Human Right, Police Brutality, Published by Ife Journal of Extra-Judicial killing and Corruption. International and comparative Law, 2015. 15. Evaluation of the Adjudicatory Published by Faculty of Law, Relevance of the African Nnamdi Azikiwe. And many others.
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